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Riverside Cemetery

Address: 53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: +1 828 350 2066
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Ranked #16 of 65 Attractions in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking...
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Owner description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

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Plantation, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

It may seem odd to rave about a cemetery, but the old growth trees and historic tombstones and monuments make this a special place. It's superbly maintained and worth of a meditative stroll or serious photography.

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love cemeteries. They used to be the parks for the poor people. If you have more than 2 days in Asheville, then this is a good place to walk, read the tombstones, look at the beautiful foliage (especially in Spring and at fall leaf change time). Pack a lunch and contemplate your life as you look at the graves.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Riverside is a splendid place to walk. I always enjoy seeing what folks leave at O.Henrys grave stone-usually pennies, but sometimes other coins. Sometimes, they are all in a mound and other times, arranged in patterns or around the edge of the stone.

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Deltona, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Taking note of the lives of many "Great Americans" that are here, it was a review of history for me. It doesn't take long to find out that you are in the presence of many of the founders of the area and contributors to America as a whole. A worth while side trip.

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Hoschton, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

There was a lot of pretty fall color in the cemetery when we drove around. Hilly and curvy but paved and not difficult to maneuver.

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san diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Like many out of towners, I went to see the graves of O'Henry & Thomas Wolfe. Well worth the time . Offered a quiet and beautiful side trip on a gorgeous Fall day.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Lovely grounds, an interested (and interesting!) caretaker, historical markers - really terrific. We visit cemeteries in a lot of towns - this is a good one.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A map of the graveyard is available at the ground taker's house. A lot of history for a small graveyard.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I have several family members including distant cousin and Asheville native Thomas Wolfe buried there and it's a very nice cemetery to walk around. The poet O Henry is buried there as well and people have left change on his grave side from time to time.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a nice, serene place to walk. Hilly with many large, old, trees. It's well cared for. Author O'Henry and other historical figures are buried here. Conveniently located near Historical Montford, near downtown Asheville, NC.

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